How the Victorian press covered the story


What Became of the Family?


William's father, Joseph, died the following May (1888) at Silk Hall Farm, Tockholes.

In 1891 William was still farming at Earnsdale Farm with his children Isaac (17), Margaret (16), Mary (14), Ellen (13), Elizabeth (10), William (7) and Esther Hannah (4). Isaac was described as "farmer's son"; Margaret and Mary were "cotton weavers."

William's mother, Margaret, 86, died in December 1894 at 9 Hamilton St. Blackburn. She had been living with her brother William Jackson, 76, and his wife Susannah, 73, since before 1891.

Esther and fianceIn 1896, when his daughter Margaret married William Entwistle, William Garner was described as an agricultural labourer. Margaret was living with her aunt Miranda in Preston Street, Darwen. We don't know where William was but he must have left his farm by then.

By 1901 William Garner was 56 and living at The Royal Oak Inn, Tockholes, working as an agricultural labourer. Living with him were his son William (17), a labourer in a tin shop, and daughters Elizabeth (20) and Esther (14), cotton weavers.

In April 1911 William was living alone in Tockholes at Hollinshead Terrace. He was described as a widower working as a labourer in "an explosives works".

In 1919 a William Garner was on the electoral register at Hollinshead Street, Tockholes, Darwen.

In 1926 (6 April) William Garner (85) died at 129 Haslingden Road, Blackburn (the workhouse hospital). Cause of death was senility and cardiac failure. Home address was 17 Queen Street, Darwen. Informant was son-in-law William Entwistle of Woodside Bank, Darwen (my grandfather).

The baby, Esther Hannah, lived until 1957. She and her fiancé, William Entwisle, are shown in this 1907 photograph standing behind her eldest sister Margaret and her husband William Entwistle and their children in the orchard at Higher Wood Farm, Darwen (also known as "Th'Agg Farm"). Esther and William married at Lower Chapel 13 March 1909, giving the farm as her home address.